A Photographer’s Rookie Mistakes

Occasionally I’ll get some flattering comments about my photography but it always makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. In my mind, I’m just a photographer that has made more rookie mistakes (and still does!) than the average person but keeps plugging away at it. Here are some photography mistakes and mishaps that I’ve made over the …

Favorite Photos From 2017

This is the 8th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2017 was a transitional year for me and my son, Tyler, transitioning from being a newborn to a 1-year-old toddler. Parenting became much …

Becoming a Jaded Photographer

Somewhere along the way I became a jaded photographer. Whether it was a few too many Golden Gate Bridge and heavily-processed HDR photos popping up on my social media feed several years ago when digital photography started becoming a mainstream hobby or from befriending too many like-minded photographers who share a similar mindset, I lost …

Personal Finance & Photography

Anyone that has shopped for a camera or browsed a B&H catalog knows that photography equipment can be rather expensive. So you might be wondering how do all these photographers afford such nice equipment and seemingly travel to exotic destinations all the time? The truth is that photography is a lot like golf. It tends …

Question Of The Day #5: Lightweight, Durable & Cheap Camera For Backpacking?

It’s been a while since I last did a “Q&A” post for this blog but moving forward I want to focus more on creating useful content rather than merely show off my work. The rest of my site is already dedicated to showing off my work so I would rather use my words for other …

Book Review: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks – QT Luong

Like most photography lovers, my living room coffee table features a rotating stable of large-format photography books. The one photo book that has not left my coffee table since it was published in 2016 is QT Luong’s 456 page masterpiece of a book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. If I could …

Stay Until The End

I was recently exploring some trails on Mount Tamalpais during an afternoon that had less-than-ideal weather. The odds of seeing a sunset didn’t appear to be very high but since I don’t get out as much these days due to family reasons I wanted to make the most of time regardless if I found any …

Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy …

Walking The Camino de Santiago

I recently had a chance to photograph and walk the Camino de Santiago in Portugal & Spain with Backroads. Walking and hiking is something I enjoy doing but I’ve never experienced anything quite like the Camino de Santiago. If you’re not familiar with the Camino aka. The Way of St. James then I would suggest …

The Streets of Porto

I recently went to Portugal and Spain to photograph and hike the Camino de Santiago. The first few days of the trip were spent in Porto where I explored by walking up and down the steep hills in the historic part of town. Porto is a rather grimy looking town but the more I explored …